Mike Nichols is returning to television. The co-executive producer of the acclaimed 1976 series "Family," best known as a director of stage productions as well as the films "The Graduate" and, most recently, "Heartburn," Nichols is developing and producing two half-hour series for ABC.
Both series, along with any other Nichols TV projects, will be produced by Reeves Entertainment Group, with which Nichols last week announced an exclusive agreement. Reeves is the producer of "Kate & Allie," "Gimme a Break" and the new Lindsay Wagner series, 'Late Bloomer," set to premiere in January. The first Nichols project is expected to air next fall.
Susan Winston, the former executive producer of "Good Morning America" who recently made a brief attempt at revamping CBS' "Morning News," has joined Lorimar-Telepictures as an executive producer of original syndicated shows. Winston's TV production skills are expected to come in handy creating the so-called "infotainment" shows that mix news and features, although she will work in all areas of production, according to the Lorimar-Telepictures announcement.
Nothing this profitable ever dies: Paramount Pictures' TV distribution and video division will produce a new weekly hourlong series titled "Friday the 13th: The Television Series."